The scene is set for a magical night: the gym has been transformed into a fairytale land of wonder and romance with crepe paper and a disco ball. The music begins as the guests begin to arrive and the photographer begins posing and shooting the teenagers dressed in their finest and bleary-eyed from their transformations. The carnival of scenarios begins….
Thanks to a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, Maggie attended seven different high school proms in 2009 to gather information about the differences between rural, urban, public and private school prom experiences. Maggie visited different regions of the United States in order to witness these events in person and examine the cultural phenomenon as it manifests itself across geography, economies and political affiliations.
Join us for an evening of raucously wild and heartbreakingly honest prom stories told through Maggie Bergeron's choreography and Nick Gaudette's musical compositions.
Maggie Bergeron & Company creates dance works by connecting engaging, resonant images with intriguing movement. Our work strives to stretch perceptions of the ordinary through contrast and idiosyncratic narrative. We always work in collaboration with dancers, musicians, carpenters, sound designers, and composers and are constantly looking for others to help shape what we do.
“Accidentally Walking Through Nothing” (12:00) methodically pieces together the idea of faith through the stories we tell ourselves to get through each day.
“House/Home” (35:00) explores ideas of our houses/homes as characters through which we must navigate to create our own existences.
“A Is for Amy” (35:00) is based on an unfortunate children’s alphabet written and illustrated by Edward Gorey and uses childlike characters to explore the tenuous line between horror and humor.
“It Is Morning” (7:00) is a trio that deconstructs the person/personalities of Grace Marks, the convicted murderess and heroine of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace as she attempts to remember the unrememberable.
“Absent” (6:45) is a quartet that creates an erie alternate reality as it explores the petty relationships sometimes developed and nurtured by girls and women.